LGBTQIA+

Throughout history, people around the world have faced violence and discrimination because of who they love, how they present themselves, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity should never lead to inequality or abuse. These artists work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples’ rights. Collectively, they seek policies that preserve everyone’s dignity. From queer influencers and YouTubers to authors and journalists, these speakers are working for more than just tolerance.

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  • Angelica Ross, Imara Jones Want to See More Trans Stories: ‘Take Us Seriously’
    Power Women Summit 2020: The journalist and actress founded companies to bolster trans representation, because “who controls the story has control”
  • Sex Is Great, but I’m Not Risking COVID for a Hookup
    There’s no safe way to have a random hookup in the age of COVID-19. Michael Arceneaux misses sex, but is getting it on with a stranger worth the risk?
  • Heather Matarazzo & Shannon Purser on Playing Lesbian Icons in Equal
    In a video interview with The Advocate, the out actors shared that they were honored to play activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon in the HBO Max series.
  • Meet Brea Baker of Inspire Justice
    Today we’d like to introduce you to Brea Baker.
  • How the Women’s March Organizers Sparked a Movement—and They’re Still Fighting for You
    By early January there were more than two dozen organizers for the national committee: women of all ages, ethnicities, religions, locations, sexualities, and occupations; artists, chefs, community organizers, attorneys.
  • Angelica Ross – 3rd Annual TransTech Summit This Weekend, Nov. 14-15
    The TransTech Summit will focus on helping students and professionals of all ages to learn new skills, build their professional networks, and connect with employers!
FAQ's
LGBTQIA+ is an abbreviation for the community that includes individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, Queer, Intersexed, Agender, and Asexual. While there are other identities within this community, the general understanding is these are persons who are not cisgender and/or who are not heterosexual.
One of the most vital issues is the challenging of heteronormativity, or the belief that heterosexuality is the preferred sexual orientation. The concept of a heterosexual “norm” has created inequality within our society, and has led to physical violence and other hate crimes. Other issues include preserving same sex marriage, ending discrimination in the workplace, and guaranteeing access to housing.
Transgender is term for persons whose gender identity or expression is different from their sex at birth. Cisgender refers to people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth. Gender identity and sexual orientation are different aspects of identity. Everyone possess a gender identity and a sexual orientation, but a person’s gender does not determine a person’s sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or none of the above.
In working towards more inclusive workplaces and campuses, it is important to develop compassion and empathy for members of marginalized communities. It is only through listening and sharing experiences that we can move past our differences and provide welcome spaces to all. Understanding and acceptance is always good for business.
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